The Point at Pivot Provides Safe Space for Homeless YouthUpdated on
For almost 50 years, Pivot, A Turning Point for Youth, has supported youth in our community. This spring, we are adding another service to better meet their needs. The Point at Pivot is a drop-in center and emergency shelter designed to assist young people experiencing homelessness.
According to the 2019 Point in Time Count, there are approximately 85 unsheltered youth under the age of 24 each night in OKC. Pivot and a number of community partners recognize that not only is the number actually higher, it is unacceptable to leave youth unsheltered, exposed to the elements and at-risk each night.
The Point at Pivot includes an emergency shelter where youth up to age 24 can find safety and peace each night. Youth can take a shower, wash their clothes and enjoy a hot evening meal as well as sleep in a warm, safe environment.
“We hope The Point will be a welcoming space where youth can find not only a safe space, but hope for their future,” Lindsay Cates, director of emergency services, said. “We want youth to know that their story and point of view matters and their voice is a valuable piece in creating an individualized approach to remove barriers and meet their needs.”
This center is designed to be a resource for homeless youth as well as a way for them to access services and support needed to help transition into adulthood with independence and self-reliance. While here, youth can utilize the computer lab to help them access other resources and take advantage of the wide range of services Pivot already provides. If they need help catching up in school or learning skills to gain employment, that assistance is available. Youth can also meet with licensed therapists to discuss any trauma they might have experienced or receive counseling for any mental health or substance abuse concerns they may have.
“We want them to feel empowered both while they are here and when they are ready to transition to their next steps. This space can be just that…their starting point towards a brighter future.” Cates said.
Construction is slated to be completed this spring and the center will be open for young people shortly after.
The Point at Pivot truly is a community partnership and we could not have accomplished this without amazing friends like The Arnall Family Foundation, The Cresap Family Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation and United Way of Central Oklahoma. Pivot will work closely with them and many other organizations to ensure we are best meeting the needs of youth who come through the doors. We are also thankful for our construction team: Cooper Project Advisors, Timberlake Construction and A-Line Designs who have shared their expertise and compassion every step of the way.
Volunteer opportunities will be available at The Point and we are looking forward to finding ways that groups and individuals can get involved. Watch for more details as we get close to our opening date. If you'd like to help ensure we have the needed supplies, please check out our Amazon wishlist.